For years, yoga has been seen as something exclusive to thin and highly flexible people, related only to vegetarians and people with great economic resources. But these days, the yoga system has reached many people who were outside of these margins, and its benefits are being well accepted by many people all over the world.
The first impression: do not get frustrated, you are not in a competition
To begin with, we must bear in mind that you should not be frustrated by not having a sufficiently thin or flexible body to practice this beautiful discipline. On the contrary, we must be clear that this ancient exercise is a way to achieve a flexible body, which improves circulation, breathing, awareness of the placement of the spine and extremities. It is a method that achieves many physical and mental improvements, without creating drastic changes, but gradually, so that the body assimilates it in the best way.
Take care of your body and prevent injuries
Some contraindications are for example for people diagnosed with overweight, who have had a surgical intervention or are pregnant. In the case of being overweight, a medical check-up should be considered and losing a little weight before starting, to avoid considerable injuries to the knees, wrists and other joints. When you have had surgery such as appendicitis, cesarean section or others, you should always have a medical opinion, in addition to avoiding exercises that activate or contract the muscles of the area that has been operated on. If you are pregnant, you should consider specialized exercises or routines. There are always gyms for painless delivery techniques, early stimulation and yoga for pregnant women that are very helpful. If you are in your menstrual period, you should refrain from doing some exercises,
The magic of Kundalini
In the more specific case of Kundalini YogaYour attention to the spine should be appreciated, as it is the axis and center of your wonderful body. This is where we focus our point of attention. Every posture you do and every movement you develop with your breath, you must pay attention to the possibilities of the spine: if it is in a round position, if it is as open as it uncoils from the coccyx, if it looks for the sides, or if it rotates in gentle twists that massage and stimulate the nervous system. Kundalini yoga allows you to more consciously feel the flow of your energy through the spine, and the work of visualizations is very helpful. Find a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down, and try to lengthen your spine, feeling with each inhalation and exhalation, the constant and uninterrupted passage of light and heat. Close your eyes and visualize it. The Kundalini energy is itself, the energy that is within you, your life energy, and the spine is the highway or main road of it. This helps you think in your day to day about keeping your spine unobstructed, long and growing so that the wonderful energy of your body travels without interruptions. You will feel free of tension, and the awareness of what is happening in your body, such as this magical energy called Kundalini, makes your day happy.
2 secrets: visualization and breathing
After this, try to pay attention, as we told you before, to the placement of the spine in each posture or movement. The visualization of each one of the vertebrae is of great help for the awareness of the body and the understanding of the movement. Feel the difference between each of your placements. Breathing is the secret to feeling like you are constantly consciously pumping this energy throughout your body, and it is better than doing it automatically or holding it back.
Above all, we recommend that you do not get frustrated if you cannot do all the exercises or postures on the first day, remember that you are not in a competition and that all bodies are different. In addition, you must tell the instructor who is in charge of the session, if you have any injury, your menstrual period, illness or recent surgery; this way it can tell you whether or not you can do some exercises or postures. For the rest, enjoy exploring your body and all its possibilities of movement!